Channel 4 to pilot two new music programmes

By | Published on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Rizzle Kicks

Having announced last year plans to launch new music-based programmes into its Friday night schedules, Channel 4 has now confirmed that two new music shows are in development, both of which will appear as pilots later this year.

The first is a music quiz hosted by Nick Grimshaw and going by the utterly abysmal working title of ‘That Music Show’. The other is a magazine programme hosted by Rizzle Kicks (amongst others) which also bears a pretty terrible working title, ‘Smells Like Friday Night’. Before we go any further, let’s sort these names out right now, shall we? Let’s have ‘Grimmy’s Mega Music Showdown’ and ‘Rizzle Kicks The Living Shit Out Of Your Ears’. Look, I never said naming TV shows was my forte. Oh, just forget it.

Carefully sidestepping my suggestions (on account of him never having seen them and almost certainly having no idea who I am), Channel 4’s Music Commissioning Editor Jonathan Rothery said: “We said last year that we wanted to provide a bigger platform for music on Channel 4 and the response from [the indie TV production company community] has been amazing – around 50 companies pitched over one hundred ideas. We’ve chosen these two fresh approaches to take to pilot, with a view to commissioning a full series for later this year”.